Global community comes together in support of 100 Days Mission and pledges over $1.5 billion for CEPI’s pandemic-busting plan

Global community comes together in support of 100 Days Mission and pledges over $1.5 billion for CEPI’s pandemic-busting plan
OSLO, Norway, 8 March 2022: The global community today came together to commit to the 100 Days Mission – the ambition to have safe and effective vaccines within 100 days of an epidemic or pandemic threat being identified – and pledged $1.535 billion to the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI) to help kick start the organization’s ambitious plan to tackle epidemics and pandemics, potentially saving millions of lives and trillions of dollars in lost economic output.

The pledges of political and financial support were made at the Global Pandemic Preparedness Summit, co-hosted by the UK Government, in London on 7-8 March 2022. Representatives from over 20 countries joined leaders from international agencies, science and academia, industry, philanthropy, and civil society to galvanize action around pandemic preparedness, and build momentum for the fundraising effort for CEPI’s five-year plan…

 

A GLOBAL PARTNERSHIP TO ACHIEVE THE 100-DAY MISSION AND STRENGTHEN PANDEMIC PREPAREDNESS WITH EQUITY AT ITS HEART  
The Global Pandemic Preparedness Summit marks a landmark moment in the global community’s collective efforts to build a world that is better prepared to respond to epidemic and pandemic threats. Leading figures came together to share their insights and perspectives on COVID-19 and other infectious diseases such as Ebola and Lassa fever, to celebrate the innovations developed in response to the pandemic, to highlight the importance of access-focused R&D as a cornerstone of global health security, and to explore how to boost vaccine manufacturing across the world.

In addition to the funding pledged by investors, several important developments were announced on the day of the Summit which will contribute to CEPI’s plan to advance global pandemic preparedness and response:
– The UK Government, CEPI and representatives of the life sciences industry published a joint statement outlining their collective commitment to delivering on the 100 Days Mission

– UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson welcomed a new partnership between CEPI and Cambridge, UK based company DioSynVax to develop a new vaccine that could provide protection against a broad range of coronaviruses. CEPI will invest up to £31m ($42m) to support the development of the vaccine. This is the 7th award made by CEPI in pursuit of a broadly protective coronavirus vaccine

– CEPI and the United States National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) – the two leading global funders of research into broadly protective coronavirus vaccines – will collaborate to establish a joint scientific forum for awardees who are developing pan-coronavirus vaccines to share scientific progress and challenges, with the aim of accelerating their progress. Eminent global vaccine experts Dr Barney Graham and Dr Peter Paradiso will serve as co-chairs of the first in its kind collaboration between the two organizations.

– CEPI and the Rwanda Biomedical Centre (RBC), a specialized technical institute of Rwanda, signed a Memorandum of Understanding to formalize a collaboration which aims to improve and accelerate vaccine research, development, and manufacturing in Rwanda. The MoU was signed while the Honourable Dr Daniel Ngamije Minister of Health for Rwanda was attending the Summit.

– Moderna announced its global health strategy, including a commitment to advance vaccines targeting 15 pathogens identified as the biggest public health risk by WHO and CEPI into clinical studies by 2025

– Aspen Pharmacare announced a landmark agreement with Johnson & Johnson to manufacture and make available a COVID-19 vaccine throughout Africa…

 

GLOBAL FINANCIAL COMMITMENTS
The UK Government pledged £160 million (US$211 million) to CEPI. Other top donors included the governments of Japan, Norway, USA, Germany, Australia, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Wellcome. G20 President Indonesia reaffirmed its support for CEPI with a pledge of $5m. Additional pledges were made at the Summit, and further commitments and donations are expected to follow in the coming months.

Dr Richard Hatchett, CEO of CEPI, said: “Today’s Global Pandemic Preparedness Summit represents an important moment for the global health community to come together to meet the challenges of this and future pandemics. We are extremely grateful to our investors, supporters and partners for their visionary contribution to CEPI’s work.

“For the first time in history, we have the tools we need to eliminate the risk of future pandemics. It is vital that we capitalise on the scientific developments we’ve seen over the last two years and seize the rare alignment of political will, practical experience, and technical and scientific progress emerging from the pandemic to prevent such devastation happening again. The support and funding pledged today will kick-start CEPI’s plan to end pandemics. This is the start of an incredibly important journey.”